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Google's Project Link fiber backbones increase internet speed in Uganda (video)

Google is creating a fiber optic network to bring faster connectivity to one of Earth's biggest, yet somehow most internet-disconnected, continents: Africa. With Project Link, the search giant is offering Uganda's capital city a reprieve from dial-up speeds and shoddy uplinks by offering local …

Google Chromecast adds HBO Go

Google's Chromecast device that allows users to stream video from the Web to their televisions has added another important partner: HBO Go.<p>The company confirmed HBO has added support for the device through its Android, iOS and Web apps.<p>The $35 device resembling a thumb drive fits into the back of a …

These are the 20 most viral video ads of 2013

We’ve all see them, those eminently shareable video ads that sweep around the Internet like wildfire, inspiring discussion, laughter, amazement, and, of course, memes.<p>Video promotion company Unruly compiled a report on the top 20 most shared video ads of this year. Dove’s “Real Beauty Sketches” …

One Way or Another, Big TV Is Getting Bigger. Will You Care?

Shutterstock / Stokkete<p>Can Comcast, the country’s biggest pay-TV provider, really get bigger?<p>That’s the scenario that’s floating out today, sparked …

The Cable Industry is Imploding: What Providers Must Do to Stay Alive

Cable is dying of a slow, drawn out death.<p>It’s not at the hands of Netflix, nor at the hands of fiber optic technology. It’s not even at the hands of the Internet. Cable is strangling itself with its own wires.<p>Before we get to cable’s end, let’s start at its beginning. Cable companies thrive …

Bell Labs boosts Internet connections to 400 Gbps using noise-canceling tech

Who would have thought the same technology that pushes out noise from your headphones could help data not only travel longer distances but also …

Fiber is not just another experiment, but "a great business to be in"

You’re probably thinking that at $70 a month, and with an offer of Gigabit speeds, Google Fiber is another one of Google’s incredible experiments to see what would be possible if we were all connected to the internet at breakneck speeds. However, Google, in typical Google fashion, has decide that …

Google Fiber

Prehistoric Egyptian jewelry made from a meteorite, say researchers

Researchers have discovered than an ancient Egyptian bead was made out of iron taken from a meteorite. In a paper published in <i>Meteoritics & Planetary Science</i>, they write that the piece of jewelry dates back to roughly 3,300 BC. It was one of nine such artifacts found in 1911 — at a cemetery roughly …

Cloud Trailblazers: 10 for 2013

The writing is on the wall: The infrastructure that supported the web in its early days is no longer up to the job. As we depend more on the internet …

A gigabit is not enough. New research takes us to 400Gbps.

<i>This article was updated at 11:46 a.m. PT to correct the bandwidth measurement in the article’s excerpt and to clarify a statement about</i> …

Hey parents! The internet of things might just be your new best friend

The internet of things is gaining attention for its role cobbling together our home security systems, letting us play with our lightbulbs and even …

As robots get smarter, they’ll be pouring our coffee (and beer)

Humanoid robots. Useful in theory, not so much in practice. They’re kind of creepy, too. But if you’re desperate to have a silicon-powered helper …

Zigbee and Z-wave are out. Broadcom’s new chips bet on Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for IoT

There is nothing that hardware nerds love than a good old-fashioned standards battle. LTE versus WiMAX, VHS versus Betamax, Ethernet versus …

Killer cloud: report says Amazon Web Services threatens all IT incumbents

Amazon(s amzn) Web Services faces growing competition from a dozen or more legacy name-brand IT giants. But instead of taking a hit, it poses a …

Gigaom | Barry Diller: The internet is eating the cable company

Advertisement<p>The wall that broadcasters and cable companies have built around their services is not long for this world, according to Barry Diller, …

Surprised? Cloud providers bring in $2B in first quarter

Given all the hoopla surrounding cloud computing it, it’s not surprising that revenue from cloud services is growing. Total worldwide revenue from …

Here’s why CERN ditched OpenNebula for OpenStack

CERN, Europe’s big particle physics lab, had been what might be termed showcase deployments of OpenNebula, the OpenStack rival turned vCloud rival. …

More bad news for server makers

<b>Updated:</b> The big server makers cannot buy a break these days. The latest IDC research provides more evidence,showing that for the first quarter, …